Carson Geib Columbus, Ind. / 22 Agricultural and Biological Engineering BS, 2014 Penn State University Manufacturing Development Program Cummins, Columbus, Ind. From my hometown of Lititz, Pa. (voted coolest small town in the U.S.!), I headed to Penn State with a love of the outdoors, engines, and big machinery. I literally stumbled across the ABE department searching for a major and took a tour. I saw a hydraulics lab, a room full of engines, and big machinery. The list of core classes included machinery systems and a minor in off-road equipment. I was sold! Knowing that employers want diversity, I quickly surmised that ABE brings that to the table. If you do well in the program, you will do well in the work force—the degree pays itself off. But don’t forget to network—get your name out there. My first industry experience/co-op was in performance development engineering for Cummins’ heavy-duty engine platforms—11, 12, and 15 L engines. I worked on customers’ field test trucks, developed and modified engine calibrations, and ran fault code diagnostics and logic testing on control modules. I spent three weeks working daily in a cold test cell to develop a new clean idle tuning solution to meet California Air Research Board mandated emission levels. I did another round with Cummins as a manufacturing engineer, supporting the installation of a new cold test cell. Co-op experiences can’t be beat. Today I am fulltime at Cummins in a leadership development program focused on the manufacturing function but can also complete rotations in product engineering, supply chain, finance, marketing, and more. My future options with this company look exciting. I am doing four sixmonth rotations in various manufacturing avenues: the first stint in global manufacturing engineering and the second now, as a test team manager responsible for employee safety, engine quality, and daily production numbers to be met in engine testing. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity, challenging me to manage people in a very technical role. While in school, I played rugby in a national championship game as a freshman. And we won! As a junior and senior, I strength trained, played racquetball, and hiked the state game lands around State College. I found that physical fitness had a direct correlation with how I was doing in school. It helped to keep me sharp. Working on engineering projects in college, playing team sports, and getting involved in student ASABE leadership has brought me this far, and I am on the way to even more.
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